Coffs Harbour Justice Precinct

CompanyPTW Architects
ClientDiane Jones
DesignerDiane Jones
PrizeHonorable Mention
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Entry Description

The Coffs Harbour Justice Precinct is located on a former NSW Forestry site on the northern edge of the Coffs Harbour CBD. The precinct includes: • Police Station - Full local area command facility with forensic services. • Courthouse - Two local courts, two jury courts and a multipurpose courtroom with associated support facilities and custody areas. • Site works – Verdant forecourt, kiosk and shared central plant. The design was conceived to support and encouraged the role of government agencies in regional life and the Coffs Harbour Vision 2020 of a “Garden City” and ‘Rainforest by the Sea”. The Courthouse design evolved in response to its pre- eminent role and responsibility to express the civic qualities of the precinct. The spaces are suitable for both the social and physical context (a semi-tropical regional centre) and rapidly evolving and expanding judicial rituals which take place in the presence of the public. The Police Station is designed as an appropriately robust facility and a supportive environment for the men and women of the NSW Police Force. The highly geometric nature of the facade, derived from the pattern of the blackbutt tree, presents an orderly, safe, yet light-footed public image. Description for Sustainable Architecture The key ESD and design principles which guided the evolution of the precinct design included: • The integration of sustainable design strategies which not only minimise energy and water usage in line with the government’s commitment to NABERS 5 star rating but which supports the Coffs Harbour lifestyle – one where people enjoy a temperate climate, views to the mountains, sea and trees when working. • The creation of architectural forms which support and encourage the role of government agencies in regional life and the Coffs Harbour Vision 2020 of a “Garden City” and “Rainforest by the Sea”. • Consultation including aboriginal consultation undertaken according to DECCW guidelines. • The exploration of the potential t

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PTW Architects has a rich legacy of significant, enduring projects since the practice’s commencement in 1889. With the geographic advantage of interaction and experience between offices in Sydney, Beijing, Shanghai, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, PTW’s 200 talented architects and designers work collaboratively and cross-culturally in dynamic, multi-lingual teams of capability and expertise across a diverse range of project types in Architecture, Interior Design, Urban Design, Masterplanning and Infrastructure.

Awards and Prize

PTW Architects' architectural achievement has been recognised repeatedly throughout its history. In 1930, the firm won the inaugural Sulman medal (the highest honour awarded by the Royal Australian Institute of Architects) for Science House, Sydney. It won this award again in 1952 for the Royal Swedish Legation, Canberra. Our recent awards are listed below: 2017 Good Design Awards, Good Design Selection in Architectural Design Category – The Calyx Property Council of Australia / Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Award, Best Mixed Use Development – Pacific Bondi Beach 2016 UDIA Excellence in Mixed-Use Development - Discovery Point UDIA Excellence in High-Density Development - Alexander, Barangaroo South Urban Taskforce Development Excellence Awards, Development of the Year – Pacific Bondi Beach Urban Taskforce Development Excellence Awards, Mixed Uses Development – Mascot Central Urban Taskforce Development Excellence Awards, Medium Rise – City Apartments Development – Alexander, Baranagaroo South